Simon Parry: The Chinese go crazy for the Guinness Book of Records with some feats you’d never dream of

Wguin20 From the Telegraph:

China is a country of excess. It has the world’s largest population (1.3 billion), the biggest army reserve (206 million), the longest wall (2,150 miles) and carries out more executions than anywhere else on earth (1,750 a year).

Now its people – driven by their innate competitiveness, and the appointment of the first Guinness World Records liaison officer in China – are laying claim to a host of new titles: the world’s oldest opera singer (93 years old), for example, and the longest karaoke session (100 hours).

Chinese entrants include the tallest building made of flowers…

For five decades of strict Communism, the pursuit of individual glory was frowned upon. Now, a craze for record-breaking is sweeping the nation. Annual sales of the Guinness book have risen to 30,000 copies since it was first published in Mandarin in the late 1990s.

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